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Dec 1, 2012 6:00pm EST
stephen ambrose, are you? >> guest: well, that may be putting it strongly. i admire stephen ambrose's ability to write. but i do take issue with his picture of libby custer. i think ultimately -- although he doesn't mean it this way -- it's insulting to libby. c-span: you say that "feminine fidelity has traditionally been so prized that libby custer's devotion has pleased even those who consider her husband a villain, as if fidelity to such a man has even greater merit than it would to a more deserving spouse. to historian stephen ambrose, libby was one of the most remarkable american women of the 19th century, although he never justifies his sweeping statement, remarking only that she had unbounded energy and was as courageous as custer himself both characterizations are nonsense." >> guest: yes, that's true. libby was not as courageous as custer. libby was terribly frightened of thunderstorms and hid under the bed whenever there was thunder. custer was known for his exceptional courage, leading his men into battle. i don't see that you can really make that comparison. but
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